RECENT PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Zoning Applications to the Town of Gravenhurst

In the spirit of the MLCA's communications strategy, we are committed to fostering a co-operative and mutually caring home for all cottagers while paying special attention to the unique environment an ecosystem of our lakes.  As the years pass and our lake continues to grow with new and ever changing development, we've heard our members request more information surrounding the topic of development applications for variances and amendments to the Town of Gravenhurst Official Plan.

This page is dedicated to sharing the recent applications from Muldrew Lakes cottagers to the Town of Gravenhurst specific to zoning amendments and variances.      

It has previously been communicated that “The MLCA believes that all Planning Act applications on the Muldrew Lakes should conform to the relevant policies of the Gravenhurst Official Plan (GOP) and comply with all relevant provisions of the Gravenhurst Comprehensive Zoning By-law. We do, however, acknowledge that there may be circumstances where amendments are necessary, and in these cases conforming to the intent and purpose of the GOP policies is integral to preserving the ecological integrity and well-being of the lake community."  The MLCA will consistently stand behind this position with regards to all applications put forward to the town.

If you have any questions regarding this process the Planning Department in Gravenhurst is more than happy to spend the time with you. If you have a question or comment for the MLCA Board of Directors please send an email to president@muldrewlakes.ca and we will do our best to answer your question.

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  • January 07, 2020 11:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • December 20, 2019 11:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MULDREW LAKES COTTAGERS' ASSOCIATION

    P.O. Box 659

    Gravenhurst, Ontario

    P1P 1T9

    www.muldrewlakes.ca

    Dear MLCA Member,

    This letter is to inform you of the MLCA’s position regarding Planning Act applications.

    As a separate attachment you will find the Citizens Guide to Land Use Planning and the

    Muldrew Specific by-laws in the Gravenhurst Official Plan.

    The objective of the MLCA is to “Serve the Muldrew Lakes community as a whole.” And

    “act in an advocacy roll with various levels of government, agencies or other appropriate

    bodies to safeguard the interests of association members”.

    In furtherance of these objectives, when agency comments are requested by the Town

    of Gravenhurst (TOG) on any Planning Act application, the MLCA will encourage

    adherence to the Gravenhurst Official Plan (GOP) and Zoning By-laws whenever

    possible, recognizing that the TOG can and will entertain severances, minor variances,

    as well as amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-laws on a case by case

    basis. The TOG looks at each application on their own merits. No two applications are

    the same and there is no precedent setting by any approval or denial of an application.

    The MLCA will be consistent with how we communicate with the applicants and the

    TOG. The MLCA’s position is captured in the following statement

    “The MLCA believes that all Planning Act applications on the Muldrew Lakes

    should conform to the relevant policies of the Gravenhurst Official Plan (GOP)

    and comply with all relevant provisions of the Gravenhurst Comprehensive

    Zoning By-law. We do, however, acknowledge that there may be circumstances

    where amendments are necessary and, in these cases, conforming to the intent

    and purpose of the GOP policies is integral to preserving the ecological integrity

    and well-being of the lake community."  

    The following is from the Muldrew Lake specific portion of the GOP and is important

    when considering any applications for zoning by-law applications.

    D17.3.1 The special character of the Muldrew Lakes (North, South and Middle) as a

    series of long, relatively narrow channels are recognized. This contributes to a natural

    visual appearance when looking down the lakes, with a shoreline predominated by trees

    and natural vegetation and modest sized cottages with very few boathouses. The

    unique qualities of the Muldrew Lakes, environmental health, and water quality of the

    lakes is to be maintained and enhanced, while allowing for modest development and

    reasonable redevelopment, in keeping with the character of the lake.

    If you have any questions regarding this process the Planning Department in

    Gravenhurst is more than happy to spend the time with you. If you have a question or

    comment for the MLCA Board of Directors please send an email to

    president@muldrewlakes.ca and we will do our best to answer your question.

    Sincerely,

    Tim Luke

    MLCA President

    president@muldrewlakes.ca

    Muldrew Specific By-Laws in GOP.pdf

    Citizens Guide to Land Use Planning.pdf

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